I have just upgraded to Windows 8 64 bit for my desktop with a fresh install.
Everything has gone smoothly except trying to get Java to work. I have attempted to manually install Java both from the 32 and 64 bit files available on Java's website.
The 64 bit version installs correctly (or at least so it seems at first). The Java control panel is installed and I can see it under add/remove programs. However, the Java plugins that should be installed as well for my Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome do not seem to be installed, and thus when I go to any website using Java, it fails to recognize Java is installed. ie. Java will not work in any browser or any site, and I just constantly get prompted to install Java.
The 32 bit version does not install at all, but rather simply shuts itself down as soon as I click "install" on the first install page.
I have verified that I am downloading the Java installation files completely. I have tried installing without Avast enabled. I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling. I have tried running the installers as Administrator. The same results always happen - 64 bit installs but without working in any browser, and 32 bit does not install at all.
I have checked my computer and it is malware free. There is hardly anything installed at all. Windows is up to date. I can't for the life of me figure out why this is happening, since I've never had a problem like this on any Windows computer before.
If anyone has any suggestions, I would appreciate them.